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Tom Allon

is the president and publisher of City & State.

Opinion

Opinion

A team of rivals should run New York City

The next mayor should follow Abraham Lincoln’s lead and bring competitors into their administration.

Opinion

Opinion

Solving New York’s mental health crisis

The next administration needs a three-pronged approach: housing, health care and community.

Opinion

Opinion

The pandemic’s affordable housing opportunity

New York City should retrofit stores, offices and hotels to address the housing shortage.

Opinion

Opinion

If tax hikes are inevitable, ensure they are prudent

Increases in taxes on the rich should be temporary and paired with spending cuts.

New York City

Opinion

A tale of two mayors

In retrospect, Dinkins looks better and Giuliani looks worse than when they left office.

Coronavirus

Opinion

NY should shut down before it's too late

Learn from past mistakes and close indoor dining before the outbreak is out of control.

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Opinion

Opinion

How to harness NYC’s creative destruction

New York City should come up with a plan for adaptive reuse and regeneration.

New York City

Opinion

How to bring New York City back

New York isn’t dying, it just needs leadership and creative policymaking.

New York City

Opinion

New York City should teach older children outdoors

For the next school year, follow the science on who is most likely to spread COVID-19 and where.

Opinion

Opinion

New York needs a plasma pipeline

Recovered COVID-19 patients can donate blood that helps to fight the virus. Let’s pay them to do it.

New York City

Opinion

Henry Stern’s quest for the stars

Former New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, who passed away on Thursday, was a brilliant, creative and eccentric public servants writes City & State Publisher Tom Allon.

New York State

Opinion

Want to run for president? Quit your day job

City & State publisher Tom Allon makes the case for a new law applicable to anyone interested in a run for any political office: "You have to vacate your current position so a successor can be appointed or voted in who is willing to put in 50-70 hour weeks."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Opinion

The Wilbur Ross I know

City & State publisher Tom Allon reflects back on his time with his former boss, the now-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.